Powered by GoogleTranslate

Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Alert: Due to routine maintenance on the OSHA website, some pages may be temporarily unavailable.
To report an emergency, file a complaint with OSHA or ask a safety and health question, call 1-800-321-6742 (OSHA).

Accident Report Detail

Accident: 570879 - Ten Employees Hospitalized After Exposure To Chlorine Gas

Accident: 570879 -- Report ID: 0523400 -- Event Date: 03/04/1986
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10105955803/04/19862033Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc.
At approximately 8:45 a.m. on March 4, 1986, Employee #1 was attempting to remove chlorine gas cylinders from a distribution point, located beneath a stair well. Eight of the cylinders were mostly full and simply in storage. The system had not been used for five years. One 150-lb cylinder was still connected to an advance gas chlorinator regulator made by Capital Controls Co. Calmar, PA, Model Number 201 and the manifold. While Employee #2 was removing a loose cylinder to another area, Employee #1 attempted to remove the connected cylinder. When Employee #1 could not turn the cylinder valve with the wrench, he assumed it had been closed years ago, when the systems were shut down. He did not observe the indicator on the chlorinator, which should have shown that there was still pressure on the unit. When Employee #1 loosened the single bolt on the chlorinator, there was an immediate full flow of chlorine gas, which spread quickly into a production area on the first and second floor. In addition to Employees #1 and #2, Employees #3-#10 were exposed either while attempting to stem the flow of gas or in passing through the gas cloud as they exited. No respiratory protection was used by any of the employees involved. All ten employees were hospitalized.
Keywords: burn, regulator valve, cylinder, gas, chlorine, chemical, respirator
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 101059558 Hospitalized injury Burn(Chemical) Occupation not reported
2 101059558 Hospitalized injury Burn(Chemical) Occupation not reported
3 101059558 Hospitalized injury Burn(Chemical) Occupation not reported
4 101059558 Hospitalized injury Burn(Chemical) Occupation not reported
5 101059558 Hospitalized injury Burn(Chemical) Occupation not reported
6 101059558 Hospitalized injury Burn(Chemical) Occupation not reported
7 101059558 Hospitalized injury Burn(Chemical) Occupation not reported
8 101059558 Hospitalized injury Burn(Chemical) Occupation not reported
9 101059558 Hospitalized injury Burn(Chemical) Occupation not reported
10 101059558 Hospitalized injury Burn(Chemical) Occupation not reported

Thank You for Visiting Our Website

You are exiting the Department of Labor's Web server.

The Department of Labor does not endorse, takes no responsibility for, and exercises no control over the linked organization or its views, or contents, nor does it vouch for the accuracy or accessibility of the information contained on the destination server. The Department of Labor also cannot authorize the use of copyrighted materials contained in linked Web sites. Users must request such authorization from the sponsor of the linked Web site. Thank you for visiting our site. Please click the button below to continue.

Close